I love the Dutch Angle, and the viewing angle as well The fire is really nice, you caught a lot of good detail in the flames... that's hard to do. My fire pictures often come out over-exposed and the flames are just bright smears. I like that you took the pictures at a time of day when its dark enough that the flames would show up well, but light enough to catch the colors of the ponies and details of the structure outside the firelight.
What did you use for the flames? Charcoal lighter fluid?
Mineral turpentine was used, soaked into some old rags that had oil or paint dust residue - basically the rags I toss after using on the car I am restoring. I soak them, then place them in key positions. Two old wooden fruit punnets were also used, then I lit it a couple of the rags. After that, it is a case of shooting as many different shots with different exposure times as I could, in an attempt to get some that are just right. As you say, fire is not easy to shoot. It's all over pretty quickly.
Ah, turpentine soaked oily old rags... is there any problem they can't solve???
I love running in circles around a fire, snapping pictures like make, spinning the aperture ring back and forth in a feverish attempt to bracket an exposure... and then finding out I was also tweaking the focus ring, thereby blurring to death half my images
Mine's a 14 - and a fairly chunky one at that, not one of those little pocket things. 24x zoom. Not even my Nikon SLR and zoom lens were that good.
There was this fellow who submitted dozens of reels of film, all close shots of his right ear, with the occasional glimpse of different backgrounds. The film developer eventually worked out the fellow had been on a world tour - and had been using his miniature camera backwards.